You’ve never had what?…

Busy, busy, busy.

The In Laws are here in town and we have been a busy bunch. I read Taste of the South magazine and a while back they had recipes using a product called Cheerwine. It’s a cherry soda with a flavor that you can’t really describe. It’s like cherry cola, but then they took come of the cola out…it’s unique. So I made a cake using that for my In Laws since they were nice enough to bring out a 12 pack from Alabama (since you can only get it in the South to my knowledge).

That got my Mother-In Law and me talking about baking. She was in awe that I made my own bread often. She asked me what I baked the most and I told her, and I followed up with “but brioche is my favorite.”

“What’s that?” was what came out of her mouth. Right away, I knew that she was not going to be leaving my house this time around without getting to try some brioche.

They have been staying at a Holiday Inn Express, which every morning has cinnamon rolls, which they love. I figured I would give them a little twist on the morning treat that they have been eating all week.

There are two versions here. First just a plain old cinnamon sugar filled ones. The second uses Maple Butter (which is basically thickened up maple syrup), Dried Cranberries, and Pecans. Both are good. You don’t taste the pumpkin in the actual brioche, it just makes it a nice orange color and moist. So in order to taste a little of the pumpkin, I added it to the cream cheese frosting. Mmm, good.

The good news is that my Mother-In Law is now a fan of brioche. But then again, how can you not be. ;)

Fall is Coming Pumpkin Brioche Snails with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

½ recipe Pumpkin Brioche (see below)
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup dried, unsweetened cranberries
3 TBSP Maple Butter (if you can not find this use 2 TBSP maple syrup)
¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 recipe Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting (see below)

Or just Cinnamon Filled

½ recipe Pumpkin Brioche
½ cup cinnamon sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
On a flour dusted surface, roll the dough into a rectangle about 12 inches wide and 16 inches long, with a short end toward you.

In a small bowl, mash together the maple butter (or maple syrup) and butter together. Stir until combined. If you are making just the plain cinnamon sugar kind, skip this step.

Spread the maple/butter across the dough, leaving 1-inch strip bare on the side farthest from you. Scatter the  nuts, cranberries over the maple butter. If you are making the cinnamon sugar kind, spread the butter across the dough, and sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the butter.

Starting wit the side nearest you, roll the dough into a cylinder, keeping the roll as tight as you can. Place on a baking sheet and put into the freezer for about 10 minutes, this will make it easier for you to cut.

With a chef¢â¬â„¢s knife(I use a bread knife), using a gentle sawing motion, trim just a tiny bit from the ends if they¢â¬â„¢re ragged or not well filled, then cut the log into rounds a scant 1 inch thick. Put the snails inside the individual muffin holes. You may also use a round 8-inch cake pan (this recipe will use two). If using rounds, leave enough space for them to puff.

Lightly cover the snails with wax paper and set the baking sheet(s) in a warm place until the snails have doubles in volume, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400F. Bake for 10 minutes at 400F. Turn oven down to 350F. Rotate the pans 180 degrees, and bake another 10-12 minutes.

Remove from oven. Let cool for 15 minutes and frost with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting.

Pumpkin Brioche

For the Sponge:
¼ cup whole milk, at room temperature
2 ½ tsp active dry yeast
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup bread flour

Combine the milk and yeast in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment ans whisk until the yeast is dissolved. Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir in the pumpkin puree, sugar, and flour, forming a thick batter. Cover with plastic film and let rest in a warm environment until bubbles form, 30-40 minutes.

For the Dough:
5 cups bread flour
2 tsp salt
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
½ lb(2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1.Add the flour ans salt to the sponge, then add the eggs. Mix on low speed for 2 minutes, or until the eggs are absorbed. Increase speed to medium and knead the dough for 5 minutes. The dough will begin to slap around. Hold on to the mixer when necessary.
2.2. On medium-low speed, add the butter, 2 TBSP at a time. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally.(Recipe did not say to, but I switched to the dough hook at this point). Knead until the dough is shiny ans smooth, about 5 minutes. Scrape out the dough, wash and dry the bowl, and coat it lightly with oil.
3.Place dough in the oiled bowl and turn it so that the top is coated with oil. Cover with plastic film and let rise at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.
4.After the dough has doubled in volume, press down to deflate, folding one half into the other. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. This is the second rise.

Pumpkin Brioche from The Secrets of Baking by Sherry Yard

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
4-5 cups powdered sugar
milk to thin

Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment on medium speed, beat together the cream cheese and butter for 3 minutes.

Add pumpkin puree and spices. Beat until fully incorporated.

One cup at a time, on low speed, add powdered sugar. Increase speed to medium after powdered sugar starts to incorporate and wont fly all over you. ;)
Add powdered sugar until you reach desired consistancy.

Thin with milk if frosting is too thick.


  1. Ah brioche…now you’ve spoiled her Pea! They look fantastic and the top photo looks like pin curls to me :) Fall IS coming…it IS.

  2. I’ve never had brioche either. Do you want to come on over to Tennessee and whip some up for me to? :D

  3. i was expecting as much. while i am still presenting summery recipes you cannot wait for fall. but i do admit this looks great and makes me look forward to it a little more.

  4. what a lovely daughter-in-law you are, Mrs Peabody!

  5. Oh your brioche snails are adorable! Love the melted cheese frosting, so yummy looking :)

  6. brioche with maple butter?? yum!

  7. To die for! What a great way to celebrate the arrival of fall!



  8. These look amazing!

  9. I’m drooling! Lucky mom-in-law! The maple butter looks amazing and of course your brioche is perfect!

  10. those look AMAZING! I’m going to have to plan a brunch just so I can serve them. I’d had brioche before, but hadn’t actually ever made it until your TWD choice, which was also fantastic!

  11. These wonderful recipes must have scored you some browniepoints with MIL. Love the dripping frosting!!!!

  12. Wow, you have just stole a part of my foodie heart. (not meant to rhyme…really!) I cant WAIT to make this!!!!!!!!!!! You are amazing!! Thanks so much for such a wonderful creation!

  13. Wow. These photos are making my mouth water!

  14. Okay, Peabody, you’re just evil. =P Now I have to add another yeast recipe to my already long list of things to make. Fall can’t come soon enough… and I’m probably not going to wait for it to get here anyway (or I’d be waiting til November). I want to try Sherry Yard’s Gingerbread Brioche, too.

  15. These look amazing! Definitely going on my fall list. I’ve never made or had brioche either.

  16. Holiday Inn Express cinnamon buns are PITIFUL next to your luscious brioche rolls – wowza!!

    Hang in there with the busyness!!

  17. I live in Alabama too, and brioche is just not something you see around “these parts” very often! These little concoctions look very yummy.
    Now that you’ve tried Cheerwine, you need some SunDrop!

  18. These look so whimsical and delicious! The added pumpkin for color is genius and I suprinsgly have maple butter on hand.

    Though Fall is still far away in Dallas, I may need to make these soon to remind myself it will be here sooner or later!

  19. OMG! Your brioche snails look outrageously good! You just may have spoiled your MIL for life with these.

    BTW, wouldn’t you know that Florida is the only state in the Southeast where Cheerwine is not available!

  20. Those look so good!!! Wow! Your mother in law is one lucky girl. My in-laws may be coming in for the holidays, I will put this on my list for breakfast!

  21. Whoa, you had me at the dripping icing on that last picture! And I love your name for them—Fall is Coming…!

  22. …and bookmarked. I must make those soon. I hope your mother in law appreciates you!

  23. these look amazing!!! and i LOVE taste of the south magazine. i will definitely have to try this recipe

  24. I’m intrigued by the maple butter filling. I’m definitely going to try that next time I make cinnamon rolls.

    I have to tell you that a few days ago I made the Brown Sugar Almond Pound Cake you wrote about (, and it was excellent. A very unique flavor and texture, I don’t remember tasting anything quite like it before. Thanks for sharing that one. I try lots of recipes from lots of blogs, but the ones you share always have that extra bit of originality to keep widening my baking horizons. (And my hips… I know you were waiting for it…)

  25. Wow. I think I need to speed up fall’s arrival in my own household!

  26. Wow. Those look so good!

  27. Those look divine!!!

    I had never heard of cheerwine either until I (very briefly) lived in the south. I can’t say I’ve ever seen it, or even heard it mentioned, anywhere else.

  28. I can always count on you for tempting pumpkin treats. You had me at maple butter. I think these will make an appearance the next time I make brunch.

  29. Pea, I first tasted brioche very late in life and don’t know how I’d lived without it until then. ;)

    These rolls are fantastic! Joao and I stayed in a Holiday Inn in London and I wish we’d had cinnamon rolls for breakfast. ;)

  30. I live in Alabama, and we do have Cheerwine here, although I don’t know anyone who drinks it. Is your hubby from Alabama or did your in laws move there later.

  31. Wow – that last photo is mesmerizing and all of them look delicious. Now that I think of it, I’ve never had brioche either but I have made pumpkin cinnamon buns. This is definitely a must-try!

  32. Those look so sinful! I love the idea of pumpkin cream cheese frosting!

  33. I know you’re excited about fall because of the cool weather. Maybe this will be the season I actually cook something that calls for using yeast!

  34. Holy cow does that pumpkin brioche look fabulous! Or maybe it’s the cream cheese frosting. Or the pecan. No, it’s the oozy frosting. Yum!

  35. dang, those look good! that dripping icing looks so tempting. i love fall foods!

  36. a pumpkin brioche– that’s a cool recipe! glad your MIL is now in the know!

  37. I may try some of your recipes now that I’m off work. = more time for cooking experiments!

    Re Cheerwine, you can purchase it at the Creamery at Pike Place Market, but they only get it in a very small quantity and only occasionally. I’ve tried to get it for hubby’s bday since he’s become a fan during our NC pilgrimages, but not had luck yet.

  38. I LOVE brioche! I have my high school French teacher to thank for that. The pumpkin cream cheese icing sounds unbelievable! There is a banana cake I recently made that I would like to try as pumpkin cake. The banana cake is topped with cream cheese icing, so I can imagine how delicious a pumpkin cake with pumpkin cream cheese icing would be!

  39. I am truly drooling now, thank you.

  40. great, now i’ve licked the screen, and it’s not even my computer…maybe no one will notice.

    oh man these look AMAZING…now i know what i’ll be working on when fall comes <3 I wonder if i can find maple butter in japan. ok, not japan, but the kneecap of japan, aka countryside that i live in. ;)
    take care~~

  41. Cheerwine is an N.C. product! Yay for a Tar Heel mention by Peabody. (I’m a North Carolinian born and raised if you couldn’t tell.)

    And those are some of the most gorgeous buns I’ve ever seen!

  42. I most definitely plan on making these… perhaps for halloween morning! Oh Peabody, you’re going to get me in trouble with my trainer… lol

  43. Your mother-in-law is one lucky lady.

  44. What gorgeous cinnamon rolls! I’ve never made brioche, probably becaus I’d eat the whole thing myself!

  45. Haha I agree, you’ve never heard of cheerwine?! This cinnamon rolls look amazing! I love fall and pumpkin desserts!

  46. I love your blog. It never ceases to amaze me with your beautiful photos and yummy recipes. If I was lucky enough to have you whipping a batch of brioche up for me you can bet that I would be standing right beside you learning how. I have always wanted to attempt bread but it intimidates me.

    If you are ever in Hawaii you need to try the soda from Wailaua Soda Works. They come in tropical flavors such as lilikoi (passionfruit), pineapple, and mango, as well as vanilla cream and root beer.

  47. These look delicious and have inspired me to maybe try to enjoy the oncoming fall weather a little more, instead of dreading its inevitable succession to winter. Thanks for sharing!

  48. I can’t even imagine going so long without ever having brioche! Thank goodness they have you- those rolls look nothing short of amazing.

  49. I’m drooling all over the pumpkin brioche…yum

  50. Oh Peabody you are such a nice daughter-in-law to make these yummy treats. I love the orange color the pumpkin brings to the rolls…yum:)


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